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UFC 213: Romero vs. Whittaker

Nunes vs. Shevchenko

T-Mobile Arena | Las Vegas, Nevada
Saturday, July 8, 2017

 **UPDATE**

*As of July 8th Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevenko title fight as been called off due to Amanda Nunes being hospitalized with an illness.* 

CARD RATING

The card started out with a bang having a KO in the second round between James Bochnovic vs. Trevin Giles.  The first of two TKO’s comes in the preliminary fights between Gerald Meerschaert and Thiago Santos ending in the second round once again.  The second TKO occurs between Brian Camozzi vs. Chad Laprise in the third round.  The main event of the preliminary fights between Travis Browne vs.  Aleksei Oleinik ended in the second round via a Rear Naked Choke Submission.  That was a good fight, definitely worth the watch.  The main card started off intense between Rob Font vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade  whereby both fighters came out strong.  The fight ended in the second round due to a Gulliotine submission.  The main event between Yoel Romero vs Robert Whittaker went all 5 rounds to the judges for their decision.  The rating we gave was the same as the judges, except for the opposite opponent.  Read on to see who won the main fight and let us know who you agree with, the judges or us.

Overall, this card averaged a score of 3.45/5 therefore giving the card a rating of 4/5.  This card is tied for 6th place alongside UFC 209: WOODLEY vs. THOMPSON 2 which occurred on Saturday, March 4 and the Fight Night between LEWIS vs. BROWNE which occurred on Sunday, February 19, 2017.

Until next time, Stay Tuned, Stay Focused. Good Night till the Next Fight.

Fighting out of the BLUE CORNER and fighting out of the RED CORNER

MAIN CARD

 Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes (   ) 14 – 4 – 0 VS Valentina “Bullet”  Shevchenko (   ) 14 – 2 – 0– for women’s bantamweight title

– for interim middleweight title
  • ROUND 1 – The main event is on the way! Both fighters feeling each other out for the first minute.  Romero with a leg kick that drops Whittaker however Whittaker gets up quick.  Romero with a take down.  Whittaker survives it and gets back up.  Both fighters are back in the centre of the Octagon.  A flying knee by Romero! Romero now has Whittaker against the cage.  Romeo with another take down with 30 seconds left in the round.  And an inside leg kick by Romero to end the round.  We give this round to Romero for his control over the round.
  • ROUND 2 – Whittaker comes out with a combo to start the round.  Romero attempts another flying knee which he doesn’t get.  He does however land a flying knee to Whittaker’s body.  Romero with a take down! Whittaker gets up however Romero has him up against the cage.  The referee comes in and breaks them up due to no activity.  Whittaker comes out aggressive and Romero pop Whittaker and backs him against the cage once again.  The round comes to an end.  We give it to Romero for his dominance of the round once again.
  • ROUND 3 – Round 3 starts off with Romero attempting a take down which he doesn’t get.  Whittaker clips Romero and Romero responds with a leg kick.  Whittaker seems to be finding a home for his punches.  Whittaker seems to be throwing more strikes this round and connecting more than previous.  The round ends with a flurry by Whittaker.  We give this round to Whittaker based on his more effective striking.
  • ROUND 4 – Romero gets a hold of Whittaker and puts him against the cage to start the fourth round.  A flying knee by Romero lands on Whittaker’s body.  Whittaker comes back with a flurry of his own.  Whittaker landing some shots on Romeo and has Romero backing up.  Romero shoves Whittaker against the cage with 20 seconds to go.  It was a close round, however we give it to Romero for the take downs.
  • ROUND 5 – Both fighters come out aggressive knowing this is the round they need to win in.  A good knee by Whittaker.  Followed by a hook by Romero and another that backs Whittaker up.  Both fighters are going at it.  You can tell they are tired as there mouths are open, gasping for air.  Both fighters giving it everything they have.  This is what championship fights should be!  Two minutes to go.  Romero slips whereby Whittaker takes the advantage and ends up on top of him.  50 seconds to go.  Romero seems to be the more active striker on the ground as Whittaker has yet to land a punch.  It was a close round.  We give the round to Whittaker for the late flurry however we give the fight to Romero 48-47.  All three judges decide 48-47 for the winner by unanimous decision and the new interim middle weight champion… Robert Whittaker.  Fight Rate: 3/5
Alistair “The Reem” Overeem (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 42 – 15- 0 VS Fabricio “Val Cavalo” Werdum (Porto Alegre, Brazil)  21 – 6 – 1 Heavyweight
  • ROUND 1 – The round starts off with both fighters feeling each other out.  We are two minutes into the fight, both fighters are attempting strikes however noone has landed anything.  Werdum seems to be the one pressing the action.  Overeem catches Werdum with a right hook that drops him however Overeem lets Werdum back up.  The round comes to an end.  We give this round to Werdum for pressing the action.
  • ROUND 2 – Werdum starts off the next round with a flying knee that misses Overeem.  Werdum grabs a hold of Overeem and drops to his back hoping to get a submission out of the act.  Overeem ends up on top of Werdum however he gets up and lets Werdum up as well.  Overeem gets a punch-knee combo to Werdum to the mat.  Overeem is now on top of Werdum again and lets him back up once again.  Overeem with a good combo of knees and strikes.  So far in this round, Overeem seems to be pushing the pace of this round, knowing he may have lost the first one. 50 seconds to go.  We give this round to Overeem for controlling the round and his effective striking.
  • ROUND 3 – Both fighters coming out aggressive and quick looking to end this fight.  Werdum catches Overeem in the head with a knee and drops him.  Overeem  gets back up however Werdum stuns him again, backing him up against the cage and taking him down.  Werdum landing some shots to Overeem’s face.  The referee looking closely with a minute left to go.  The round ends with Werdum still on top.  It will be a close one for the judges.  We give this round and fight to Werdum 29-28.  Let’s see what the judges decide.  Judges decide; 28-28, 29-28, 29-28 for the winner by split decision Alistair Overeem.   Interesting.  Take a look at the fight and let us know who you think should have won.  Fight Rate: 3/5

 

Curtis “Razor” Blaydes (Illinois, USA) 7  – 1 – 0 VS Daniel Omielanczuk (Warsaw, Poland)  19 – 7 – 1 Heavyweight
  • ROUND 1 – Round one starts with both fighters throwing heavy strikes.  Blaydes goes in for a take down which he doesn’t get however ends up getting Omielanczuk against the cage.  A stoppage by the referee due to a low blow by Blaydes.  Blaydes looking for a take down once again.  Both fighters are now trading strikes in the centre of the Octagon.  Nothing of significance landing on either fighter.  Blaydes attempts a take down once again.  Fails,  however has Omielanczuk against the cage once again.  With less than a minute to go, we give this round to Blaydes for his attempted take downs and controlling the round,
  • ROUND 2 – Both fighters start out with combos.  So far Blaydes giving the best of them,  Blaydes once again attempting a take down, doesn’t get it again and again he has Omielanczuk  against the cage.  Seems to be the story of this fight.  With less than a minute to go, both fighters seem to be slowing down.  Their strikes aren’t as crisp as when they first started.  Blaydes with another low blow causing the referee to put a hold on the fights at 30 seconds.  The horn blows, the round ends.  We give this round to Blaydes for being the more active fighter.
  • ROUND 3 – Omielanczuk starts the round off very aggressive as we’re sure he realizes that he’s down in the score cards.  Guess what Blaydes does! … Attempts a take down which he doesn’t get. But he does get Omielanczuk  against the cage… again.  Both fighters in the centre of the Octagon trading strikes with over a minute to go.  Omielanczuk attempts a take down on Blaydes, Blaydes defends it and is now landing elbows on Omielanczuk’s body.  The round ends, we give this round and the fight to Blaydes 30-27.  The judges agree.  All 3 scored the fight 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision Curtis Blaydes.  Fight Rate: 3/5
Jim Miller (New Jersey, USA)  28 – 9 – 0 vs. Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (Wisconsin, USA) 19 – 6 – 0 Lightweight

ROUND 1

  • ROUND 1 – Miller starts off the round being aggressive with leg kicks.  He’s pushing the pace of the fight while Pettis is looking to counter strike.  A flying knee by Pettis stuns Miller.  Pettis is now taking control of the fight by throwing heavy strikes to Miller against the cage.  Miller trying to get out of harms way while Pettis is stalking him down.  A spinning back fist by Pettis!  Both fighters exchanging a few combos as the round comes to an end.  We give this round to Pettis, due to his effective striking and control of the round
  • ROUND 2 – Round 2 starts with Miller catching Pettis’ legs and taking him down.  Pettis catching Miller with an elbow from his back causing Miller to bleed profusely.    over them both.  Pettis gets off his back however Miller now has Pettis’ back.  This doesn’t last long as Pettis gets up and is o top of Miller landing body shots.  Pettis now has Miller’s back looking for a submission however time is running out.  The horn blows and the round ends.  We give it to Pettis for causing more damage and controlling the fight.
  • ROUND 3 – Pettis starts off the round stalking Miller looking to end the fight.  Miller is doing a good job fighting back.  Pettis seems to be playing it safe not wanting to put himself in danger.  Miller attempts a take down however Pettis defends well and has Miller against the cage. Both fighters fighting for position with less than 40 seconds to go in the last round.  The fighters break and are back in the centre of the Octagon just as the round comes to an end.  We give this round and the fight to Pettis 30-27.  All three judges score 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision Anthony Pettis!  Fight Rate: 3/5


Rob Font
 (Massachusetts, USA ) 13 – 2 – 0 VS
 Douglas “D Silva” Silva de Andrade (Para, Brazil) 24 – 1 – 0 Bantamweight

  • ROUND 1 –  The first fight of the main card starts off with Font delivering a series of punches and kicks to Silva de Andrade.  Font then gets a take down and has Silva de Andrade against the cage.  Silva de Andrade gets up however is stuck in a submission attempt by Font.  Silva de Andrade defends well and both fighters are back to the centre of the Octagon.  An inverted eye poke by Font stops the action for a few minutes.  With a minute left in the first round.  Font seems to be controlling the action by throwing and landing more strikes.  Just as the horn blows, Silva de Andrade takes down Font however it is too late.  We give the round to Font for having more control throughout.
  • ROUND 2 – Font starts off the round with a good uppercut.  Silva de Andrade throws a kick which Font catches.  Silva de Andrade falls however is up quick and both fighters are back to the centre of the Octagon.  We hare half way through this round and Font seems to be giving the better of the striking on his feet.  Font with a right hook that stuns Silva de Andrade followed by a take down.  Both fighters struggling against the cage to gain control.  Font secures a choke hold however Silva de Andrade picks up Font and slams him down which forces the submission in deeper.  Silva de Andrade taps out.  Rob Font wins by Guillotine Submission at 4:36 of Round 2.  Fight Rate: 4/5

 

PRELIMS

Travis “Haps” Browne (California, USA) 18 – 6 – 1 VS Aleksei “The Boa Constrictor” Oleinik (Moscow, Russia) 51 – 10 – 1 Heavyweight

  • ROUND 1 – Browne starts off the round looking to establish his kicks.  Oleinik counters with a left hook while Browne continues throwing the leg kicks which seem to be working for him. Browne lands a hook that stuns Oleinik.  Oleinik is wobbling and drops.  Browne jumps on top of Oleinik however Oleinik quickly gets back up.  Oleinik with a hook that drops Browne! Oleinik has Browne against the cage and is hammering body shots on him.   Oleinik continuing with the body shots.  Both fighters now disengaged and back toes centre of the Octagon with less than a minute to go.  Oleinik takes Browne down looking to sink in a submission which he doesn’t get.  The round ends and we give it to Oleinik for taking control of the round  after getting dropped.
  • ROUND 2 – The round starts with Oleinik hitting Browne with body shots.  Browne responding with a head kick.  Oleinik has Browne up against the cage landing more strikes.  Browne responds by taking Oleinik down.  Browne continues to be on top of Oleinik however has yet to land a strike.  Oleinik however has been landing some strikes while on his back.  Oleinik gets up and takes Browne down.  Oleinik now has Browne’s back.  Oleinik attempting a Rear Naked Choke submission which he gets! Browne taps out and the fight is over.  Aleksei Oleinik wins by Rear Naked Choke Submission at 3:44 of Round 2.  Fight Rate: 4/5

Brian “Mantis” Camozzi (Colorado, USA)   7 – 3 – 0 VS Chad “The Disciple” Laprise (Ontario, Canada) 12 – 2 – 0 Welterweight
  • ROUND 1 – The round starts off with Laprise landing a big hook on Camozzi.  Camozzi shakes it off and both fighters are now exchanging strikes.  Laprise seems to be giving the better of the strikes, setting up his combos with leg kicks.  Less than a minute to go in the first round. Both fighters still exchanging strikes.  Where Laprise is landing more strikes while Camozzi is throwing more strikes.  Laprise with a take down which will secure the round for him.
  • ROUND 2 – Both fighters exchanging strikes to start round 2.  Neither fighter seems to be giving the better of them just yet.  With less than a minute to go in the round, Camozzi seems to be throwing more strikes.  Not many strikes have landed from both fighters therefore we give the round to Camozzi for having the slight advantage.
  • ROUND 3 – Camozzi lands a few combos to start off round 3.  Laprise counters with a body shot that stuns Camozzi, backing him up against the cage.  Laprise starts throwing punches at Camozzi and he drops.  Laprise continues with the onslaught of punches.  The referee steps in and calls and end to the fight.  Chad Laprise wins by TKO at 1:27 of Round 3.  Fight Rate: 4/5
Gerald “GM3” Meerschaert (Wisconsin, USA) 26 – 8 – 0  VS Thiago “De Lima Marreta” Santos (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) 14 – 5 – 0 Middleweight
  • ROUND 1 – The round starts with Santos landing a leg kick which Meerschaert responds to by taking Santos down.  Both fighters get back up and now Meerschaert has Santos against the cage.  Santos landing big punches on Meerschaert as Meerschaert is still trying to get Santos down.  Santos continues to land punches to his head before letting Meerschaert get up.  An eye poke to Meerschaert has the referee calling a time out.  As the new rules haven’t been adopted yet in the state of Nevada, there is no point deducted for Santos.  A minute left in the round, Santos is landing big strikes however he is the one that is bleeding.  We have a feeling this fight may not last all 3 rounds.  The round ends, we give it to Santos for throwing more strikes and having Meerschaert in danger.
  • ROUND 2 – The second round starts with  Meerschaert trying to take Santos down.  Santos gets up quick and is landing heavy strikes.  Santos then gets Meerschaert’s back and is landing more heavy strikes to Meerschaert’s head.  Meerschaert trying to escape however Santos is continuing his strikes.  The referee is watching closely and then stops the fight.  Thiago Santos wins by TKO at 2:04 of Round 2.  Fight Rate: 4/5

Jordan “Young Gun” Mein (Alberta, Canada) 29 – 11 – 0 VS  Belal “Remember The Name” Muhammad (Illinois, UFC) 11 – 2 – 0 Welterweight
  • ROUND 1 – Muhammad starts the fights off with a couple good leg kicks.  Muhammad attempts a take down however Mein defends it well.  Muhammad with another attempt at a take down which Mein defends yet again.  Both fighters are still standing in the centre of the Octagon.  Muhammad throwing a lot of strikes, not many landing.  Mein is landing a bunch of leg kicks which seem to be an effective strike for him.  With 15 seconds to go with give this round to Muhammad for his dominance of the round with his attempted take downs and throwing more strikes.
  • ROUND 2 – Both fighters coming out landing some kicks.  Muhammad attempts another take down however yet again Mein defends it well.  Muhammad now has Mein against the cage.  Mein has a cut above his left eye that is bleeding into his face.  Whether it affects his vision, we’ll find out.  Muhammad having some success with his punches.  Muhammad then backs Mein up against the cage as both fighters are grappling for better position.  Muhammad with another take down attempt that he gets, with less than 30 seconds to go in the second round.  We give this round to Muhammad once again for taking more control of the fight.
  • ROUND 3 – The round starts off with both fighters grappling, Muhammad giving the better of the strikes.  Both fighters are now against the cage when Muhammad takes Mein down.  Muhammad looking to get the back of Mein to get a submission.  He gets his back however doesn’t get the submission.  Mein defending well, although it looks like time is running out for him with less than a minute to go in the last round.  Muhammad continues to grind Mein up against the cage and give him no opportunity to win the fight.  The horn blows and the round ends.  We give this round and the fight to Muhammad 30-27.  Over to the judges once again for their decision.  They decide 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision Belal Muhammad.  Fight Rate: 3/5

 

EARLY PRELIMS

Cody “Spartan” Stamann (Michigan, USA) 13 – 1 – 0 VS  Terrion “Flash” Ware (California, USA ) 17 – 5 – 0 Featherweight
Fight Fact! This is Cody Stamann and Terrion Ware’s UFC Debut! 
  • ROUND 1 –  Both fighters throwing strikes at the other.  Stamann with a take down.  Ware defends well and both fighters are back in the centre of the Octagon exchanging strikes.  Stamann ends up taking Ware down once again.  Stamann throwing strikes to end the round.  The round ends and we give it to Stamann for controlling majority of the round with his two takedowns.
  • ROUND 2 – A big knee by Stamann to start the second round.  Both fighters talking trash and Stamann takes down Ware yet again in the centre of the Octagon.  Ware defends well and gets back up.  Both fighters trading strikes and knees against the cage before moving back to the centre of the Octagon.  3 minutes to go.  Ware starts to establish his boxing, however as he does that Stamann takes him down again.  This is your typical boxer vs. wrestler fight as one wants to stand where the other wants to be on the ground.  Less than a minute to go.  As the round comes to an end, we give it once again to Stamann for controlling the fight with his wresting.
  • ROUND 3 – Both fighters being more aggressive and exchanging strikes looking to end this fight.  Stamann takes Ware down again.  It seems to be the story of this fight.  Stamann then transitions to full mount with 50 seconds to go in the last round.  Stamann looking to end the fight, however Ware is sticking in there and gets up.  Stamann has Ware against the cage as both fighters delivery a flurry of punches.  The round ends with Stamann thowing punches to Ware while he’s down once again.  We give this round and fight to Stamann 30-27.  Over to the judges for the decision.  They decide 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision Cody Stamann.  Fight Rate: 3/5
James Bochnovic (Wisconsin, USA) 8 – 1 – 0 VS Trevin Giles (Texas, USA) 9 – 0 – 0 Light Heavyweight
Fight Fact! This is the UFC Debut for both James Bochnovic and Trevin Giles. 
  • ROUND 1 – Here we go, the card for UFC213 is underway.  Bochnovic starts off the fight with a few leg kicks.  Giles responds by taking Bochnovic down against the cage.  Both fighters working for position however Giles seems to be getting the better of them.  Giles lands some big shots to Bochnovic’s head.  Bochnovic attempting to get up however Giles brings him back down.  A minute to go.  Bochnovic gets up and Giles brings him back down with a back suplex.  The round ends with Giles on top of Bochnovic.  We give this round to Giles for dominating the entire round.
  • ROUND 2 – Round 2 starts with Bochnovic swinging for heavy shots.  Giles lands a body shot that drops Bochnovic.  Giles then forces Bochnovic to the ground attempting a submission.   Bochnovic get’s back up however once again Giles takes him back down.  Giles is now in full mount on Bochnovic’s back dropping punches to the head.  The referee is looking close and then stops the fight as Bochnovic gets knocked out.  Trevin Giles wins by KO at 2:54 of Round 2.  Fight Rate: 4/5

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